I've just eaten dinner which, when I went to cook it, was still just a twinkle in my eye as I'd overlooked there being a bank holiday when the shops were shut. That is, I don't suppose the Co-op was, but I hadn't got on my bike and shopped, as it was jolly cold and windy. In fact, I've been out to the Dutch light greenhouse and covered over vulnerable things, as they were talking darkly about frost tonight, earlier on.
Anyway, I had a head of celery (is that the right word? I think so but it looks strangely impolite) and a couple of parsnips and some onions and not a lot else. But I did have some chicken stock. So I decided to see what parsnip'n'celery risotto tasted like. And to serve it with a nice Norfolk Little Gem lettuce that I remembered was in the fridge.
This was nearly cooked when the Sage came in and I remembered that he had, earlier, mentioned asparagus. So I asked him to pick it. The asparagus, that is. Darlings, there was lots. I also remembered a small amount of fillet of pork in random sauce (basically shallot and red pepper, can't remember what else) that a small amount of was in a bowl in the fridge.
It all got served up together and, having chattered away to the Sage's complete entertainment, I explained that I was going to observe a respectful silence for the first home-grown asparagus of the season. Silence didn't last for long, as my groans of delight soon pierced the air. I have, of course, saved the cooking water and trimmings as the basis for another stock. Frugal, me. And greedy.
The Sage has suddenly decided to waft himself off westwards tomorrow. He will stay overnight with Wink (having saluted Stonehenge with an uplifted heart on the way) and then head for Gloucestershire, to three destinations and then other places on his way home. I have a meeting here at 7.30 tomorrow night, but after that I can watch episodes of Deadwood (I'm really slow, I'm only just on Series 3, after months and months) without having to put on headphones, because the language is too strong for the Sage's tender ears.
Ooh, I can hear the coffee grinder. The Sage is looking after me again.